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Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Best of Mackinac & Cheboygan

- March 26th, 2012  

CHEBOYGAN AND MACKINAC serve as the corridor to the north. Surrounded by water, woods and chocked full of history, it’s the last stop before folks say ‘Ya’ to da U.P. But this region is more than a pit stop for visitors, it’s home to eclectic shops, cool hangouts, good food and plenty of spirits.
Here’s what our readers voted to be the best in these destination towns.

HANGING OUT

All-round hangout: Inn Between
20-something hangout: Dixie Saloon
Live music: Black Mountain
Happy hour: Key Hole Bar
Brew pub: Cheboygan Brewery
Place to meet singles: Dixie Saloon
Place for a first date: Black Mountain

SHOPPING

Independent apparel: Black, White & More
Men’s store: Mackinaw Outfitters
Place for chocolate: Drost’s Chocolates
New store: Grow Fast Gardens
Jewelry store: Reusch Jewelry
Eclectic Gifts store: Blooming Ideas

DINING OUT

Restaurant staff: Audies
Wine tasting destination: Carnegie House
Lunch: Pauly Joe’s
Bar food: Dirty Duck
Breakfast: Alices
Family restaurant: Village Inn
Gourmet restaurant: Pier 33
New restaurant: Pier 33
Appetizers/small plates:
Salads: Mulligan’s
Pizza: Mama Mia’s
Outdoor deck scene: Inn Between
Coffee Hangout: Your Spirit
Burger: Black Mountain
Seafood: Rusty Anchor
Steak: Carriage House
Desserts: Audies
Pasta: Vivio’s

 
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